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Coleman Talley LLP
by Chamber News on April 18th, 2013

Coleman Talley LLP is a full service law firm, founded in 1937 in Valdosta, Georgia.  The firm has grown in recent years to 29 attorneys with offices located in Valdosta and Atlanta, Georgia.  Coleman Talley’s attorneys remain supported by 75 years of historical perspective, relationships, and success, thereby offering our clients unparalleled advice and expertise in many practice areas. 

Coleman Talley has a sophisticated commercial practice area servicing commercial real estate and construction needs, creditors’ rights and affordable housing transactions.  Coleman Talley is also one of the largest defense litigation firms in South Georgia and has a well established municipal law practice, proudly serving the city of Valdosta for over 65 years.

The firm attracts and develops highly qualified attorneys and staff dedicated to personal and professional excellence.  Employees of the firm regularly attend community events and educational opportunities to further advance this endeavor.  Coleman Talley is active in the community, having served as the presenting sponsor for the American Cancer Society in 2011 and 2012, with donations totaling more than $20,000. The firm was recognized in May of 2012 by Attorney General Sam Olens, for winning the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy event, where Coleman Talley won 1st place in the Medium Firm size category collecting 36,655 total pounds of food for Second Harvest of South Georgia.  For the past two years, Coleman Talley has sponsored the Hope for a Cure Gala hosted by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation which provides funding for some of the most cutting edge research into identifying a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.  Coleman Talley provides sponsorships each year for the furtherance of education initiatives, such as the annual Regents’ Salute to Education benefiting the USG Foundation and the annual Gala benefiting the VSU Foundation.   

Just recently Martindale-Hubbell announced that Coleman Talley LLP was selected as one of the Top Ranked Law Firms in the United States based on AV Preeminent rating reviews. More than 254,000 law firms were considered in the selection process, but less than one-half of one percent of firms across the nation made the final cut.  Several of Coleman Talley’s attorneys are rated AV Preeminent® which reflects a significant rating accomplishment, a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.  The firm’s Sr. Partner, Wade Coleman and Partner Hansell Watt were recently selected by Super Lawyers magazine as “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star,” respectively. Only 5 percent of Georgia attorneys are chosen each year for the list of Super Lawyers for attaining a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 2.5 percent of Georgia attorneys are recognized as Rising Stars, lawyers who are age 40 and younger.  The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country.  

Coleman Talley has an ongoing commitment to integrate the latest technologies into our practice areas at every level to meet the needs of our clients.  The firm has made substantial technology investments in recent years equipping attorneys and staff with the necessary tools to serve clients as efficiently as possible.  In 2011, the firm embarked on a mission to re-create the functional traditional paper file, which typically contains all case information including billing, into a 21st-century e-file that is instantly accessible by any of its 28 attorneys in any office.  Following an extensive search process by our IT committee, the firm implemented a new platform which is now used throughout the firm. 

Looking ahead to the future, we envision the expansion of our Valdosta location.  Currently the Valdosta firm consists of two separate buildings located directly next door to each other on Patterson Street.  In the past 5 years, we have quickly reached our office capacity, with the addition of the firm’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and affordable housing practice areas.  As the firm continues to grow the pressing need to expand our office in Valdosta is foreseeable.  Coleman Talley’s Atlanta office relocated to Buckhead in 2011, with office space on the 4th floor of the One Live Oak Center across for the Lenox Square Mall.  The newly renovated suite provides 3 spacious modern conference rooms and office space to meet our growing staffing needs in the North Georgia market. 

We attribute our success to the depth of knowledge of the firm’s 20 partners and the ongoing commitment to excellence.  Our Partners have over 475 years of combined legal experience in a wide array of practice areas.  The firm’s attorneys work hard to build solid lasting relationships with those who call upon us for legal services.  We recognize that there are countless numbers of law firms that can provide legal services, but we’ve been around long enough to know what it takes to narrow the selection down when it comes to service.  At Coleman Talley we strive to be different.  We make it part of our daily routine to provide exemplary service and the highest degree of courtesy and professionalism to our clients. 

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